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Make It Work: Bowl o' Comfort

It’s 9:30 a.m. You haven’t done your laundry for two weeks, and you’re frantically hustling around your room trying to get dressed for class. How are you going to make it look like you’re a functioning human being when your selection of clothing has dwindled to those items you don’t wear so much?

A lot of times good fashion boils down to Tim Gunn’s age-old adage–“Make it work.

Making it work is a lot easier when you have staples like all black shirts and pants, versatile and comfortable sneakers (I recommend Adidas wrestling shoes for style & comfort), and statement accessories. Whenever I’m having a low-prep time morning, you know I toss on a pair of cuffed black denim Levi’s with a plain t-shirt, toss on a Carhart beanie and call it a day.

Preparing a tasty dinner in the days before you get your paycheck and go grocery shopping can feel just like getting dressed before you get to that overflowing hamper. But keeping staples around the house will make it much easier.

For our meal today, I used a few of my favorite, inexpensive staples to make a delicious meal.

What You Need:

Refried or black beans (I keep both around, but today I used veg. refried beans)

Potatoes

Canned diced tomatoes

Diced green chilis

Red onion

Cheddar cheese

Adobo seasoning

Chili powder

Vegetable oil

Bonus: sunflower sprouts, if you’re feeling frisky

Step 1: Dice up your potatoes into small pieces. I used two medium-sized potatoes for this particular dish. Pour about 3 Tbsp of vegetable oil into a frying pan, and turn the heat on medium. Put in your potatoes and season generously with adobo seasoning. Stir, then cover for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 2: Dice up red onion and some sharp cheddar. I usually buy a block to cut up because it’s ultimately a better bargain than buying a bag of shredded cheese.

The gang's all here.
The gang’s all here.

Step 3: In a second frying pan, pour half a can of diced tomatoes and a small can of diced green chilis in the pan. Season with about three tsp of chili powder or so to taste. I like to load it up, but some people aren’t chili powder fiends.

Step 4: Either in the microwave or on the stove, heat up your black beans or refried beans. Follow the instructions on the can.

Step 5: Remove lid from your potatoes, actively stir potatoes as you turn the heat to high.

Step 6: Ingredients, assemble! Pour your potatoes, refried beans and tomato/chili mix into a bowl. Top with cheddar and sunflower sprouts. I like to give it a good mix to melt the cheddar through.

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